Highlighting the Newly Named Crater Eastman
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Highlighting the Newly Named Crater Eastman

September 10, 2009
  • Date Acquired: January 14, 2008
  • Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 108826992
  • Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
  • Resolution: 280 meters/pixel (0.17 miles/pixel)
  • Scale: Eastman is 80 kilometers (50 miles) in diameter
  • Spacecraft Altitude: 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles)

Of Interest: This NAC image shows Eastman, a crater newly named for Sioux author Charles A. (Ohiyesa) Eastman (1858-1939) and first seen by spacecraft by MESSENGER during the mission's first Mercury flyby. Eastman exhibits some features characteristic of a fresh, relatively young crater. The walls of Eastman have clearly visible terraces, and the central peak structure is well preserved. Eastman is located near Xiao Zhao, a crater previously named in April 2008.

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